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Hi all, newish swing trader, stocks, mean reversion - just saying hi

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Trading Apprentice
Nashville, TN/USA
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Amibroker
Favorite Futures: Stocks
 
Posts: 11 since Aug 2015
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Hi all, newish swing trader, stocks, mean reversion - just saying hi

Hi all,

I'm just saying "hi" making my first post here. I'm a newish swing trader in stocks, and have been trading a mean reversion system for a few months that I'd been working on for a year or so with amibroker.

I enjoy the model building quite a bit, as well as things I'm learning about human behavior. If there are particular forums I should frequent here I appreciate the tip. I hope to be able to contribute where I can, but as I'm new to swing trading I probably should do more listening at this point unless it's about struggles of starting out.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
 
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Do you use a trading platform to do your trades?

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Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: Amibroker
Favorite Futures: Stocks
 
Posts: 11 since Aug 2015
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Do you use a trading platform to do your trades?

No platform I don't guess in the sense that most people use it. I simply place trades primarily through Interactive Brokers at market open and close. Backtesting and system development is done with Amibroker.

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And how do you like Amibroker? Im looking for a new platform myself for backtesting.

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Favorite Futures: Stocks
 
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It's good for the short term mean reversion stuff that I'm doing. I just build end of day data models so I don't do anything fancy, and the programming makes sense to me now. I'm not a natural programmer, so I had to experiment for a long time to really understand. Howard Bandy's books were helpful in that regard. It got easier for me after I built my "include" library up some (external functions) so I could more easily work with some of the ideas I was interested in. I did struggle with it some initially - was not without its frustrations - I guess like any language where you just don't "get it" or understand what the bug might be in the code - but I'm more comfortable with it now. Figuring out how to setup my initial databases w/ ticker, names, sector, industry was frustrating until I got my process built out, and files setup.

The ease of working with the array type language is really nice. Initially I was programming looping because that is just how my mind was working - but the array language is really nice once it clicks what's happening. It's like column calculations in excel.

I see you primarily use Tradestation. Do you like it? I haven't worked with Trade Station but had thought about opening an account to work some with easylanguage and see what it does. I like the turn-key automated trading aspect should I want to move that direction. But I'm also kindof hesitant to try something different because, like I say, I'm not a natural programming so it often comes more slowly to me. I'd think Tradestation would be excellent for backtesting given their data that controls for survivorship bias.

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What language does amibroker use? I ask because im not a programmer either, so something a little easier would be nice. I have Tradestation now, but I am fed up with it. Ive been asking around on different forums for the past couple of days and Ive heard good things about Ninjatrader and Trade Navigator, and I think they both have trial offers. I just now got into work and am probably going to download both of them and see if anything tickles my fancy.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
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Favorite Futures: Stocks
 
Posts: 11 since Aug 2015
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It has it's own language afaik. You can check the web for samples of code, but it's fairly straightforward for what I do (once I learned the program calls I needed). I am hobbyist - not professional programmer - so nothing too complicated.

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It's good for the short term mean reversion stuff that I'm doing. I just build end of day data models so I don't do anything fancy, and the programming makes sense to me now. I'm not a natural programmer, so I had to experiment for a long time to really understand. Howard Bandy's books were helpful in that regard. It got easier for me after I built my "include" library up some (external functions) so I could more easily work with some of the ideas I was interested in. I did struggle with it some initially - was not without its frustrations - I guess like any language where you just don't "get it" or understand what the bug might be in the code - but I'm more comfortable with it now. Figuring out how to setup my initial databases w/ ticker, names, sector, industry was frustrating until I got my process built out, and files setup.

The ease of working with the array type language is really nice. Initially I was programming looping because that is just how my mind was working - but the array language is really nice once it clicks what's happening. It's like column calculations in excel.

I see you primarily use Tradestation. Do you like it? I haven't worked with Trade Station but had thought about opening an account to work some with easylanguage and see what it does. I like the turn-key automated trading aspect should I want to move that direction. But I'm also kindof hesitant to try something different because, like I say, I'm not a natural programming so it often comes more slowly to me. I'd think Tradestation would be excellent for backtesting given their data that controls for survivorship bias.


Hello,

I primarily use TradeStation for the platform and broker. For what it's worth they've done a pretty good job answering the phone if I have a question about easy language or the platform in general. The data feed is quite good, better than most others I tried. They lost a few points with me lately as they have done some platform updates which include a fair amount of bugs but at least they are trying to add new functions.

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